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Prospect Nation 2013: #21 OF Kelly Dugan

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, January 26, 2013 12:35 PM Comments: 5

Kelly Dugan was the Phillies’ top draft pick (2nd round, 75th overall) back in 2009.  Since then, it’s been a bit of a slow progression in the pro ranks, but after a solid season with Class A Lakewood in 2012, the California native has shown that he is ready to make an impact in the organization.

Much hype surrounded Kelly upon being drafted to the Phillies, as an image of him on the set of his director father Dennis Dugan’s film Grown Ups, with many of Hollywood’s comedy elite, made the rounds.  Through his career, though, Dugan has dealt with a collection of injury concerns that have prevented the 6-foot-3-inch 195-pounder from fully establishing himself as a potential rising star.

After signing his first professional contract, Dugan, who was working on being a switch-hitter at the time, debuted with the Gulf Coast League Phillies, posting a .233 average with eight doubles, a triple and eight RBI in 45 games.   The following year, with the GCL team and short-season Class A Williamsport, Dugan batted .366 with a homer and eight RBI in 28 combined games.  He missed roughly two months of action that year after he was hit in the leg with a batted ball during batting practice in June and later developed a staph infection that required draining.

Dugan returned to Williamsport in 2011 and represented the club in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game.  With the Crosscutters, in 47 games, he sported a .284 batting average along with two home runs and 21 RBI.

Last season with Lakewood, Dugan displayed improved power and steady production, as he notched a .300 batting average, 12 homers and 60 RBI in 117 games.  Additionally, his OPS, at .857, was
.127 points higher than his mark from the previous season.
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Prospect Nation 2013: #22 RHP Tyler Cloyd

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, January 23, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 13

Tyler Cloyd dominated in the minors last season thanks to a refined repertoire and top-level command. Running through Eastern League and International League competition, Cloyd reached the big leagues by season’s end and is in a position to potentially help the big club in the coming season.

An 18th round draft selection in 2008, Cloyd began his pro career that  year, posting a 7-4 record with a 3.91 ERA in 14 outings combined with  the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies and short-season Class A Williamsport. Since then, the 6-foot-3-inch  210-pounder has had winning records every season, while alternating  between starting and relief duties.

In 2009, splitting time between Class A Lakewood and Class A  Advanced Clearwater, Cloyd went 12-9 with a 3.54 ERA in 27 games (26  starts).  In 2010, Cloyd made 31 relief appearances and four starts for Clearwater, posting a 4-3 record with a  5.32 ERA.  He also made two appearances with Double-A Reading that year,  earning a 1-1 record with a 4.00 ERA.

Whether it’s as a starter or  pitching out of the bullpen, Cloyd has become comfortable taking the  mound in any role, as evidenced by his 2011 output.  Cloyd would go on  to appear in 31 games (22 starts) for Clearwater and Reading that year, collecting a 9-4 record, a 2.77 ERA and an 8.51 K/9 mark, which  proved to be a career best.  Following the season, Cloyd pitched in the  Arizona Fall League but wasn’t as sharp in a starting role there, 4 record with a 4.35 ERA. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2013: #22 RHP Tyler Cloyd

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Prospect Nation 2013: #23 Catcher Cameron Rupp

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, January 21, 2013 07:45 AM Comments: 9

Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft, catcher Cameron Rupp has steadily been an improving prospect for the Phillies. The 24-year-old has shown an ability to lead a pitching staff and work harder than most to improve his all-around baseball abilites.

Rupp, a Texas native,  made his professional debut with the short-season Williamsport Crosscutters in 2010. In 55 games that year after making his pro debut, Rupp posted a .218 batting average with five home runs and 28 RBI against NY-Penn League competition.

In 2011, as a member of the Class-A Lakewood BlueClaws, Rupp proved himself to be capable of serious adjustments, as the 6-foot-2-inch 230-pounder had a tough time through the first half of the South Atlantic League season, posting a .219 batting average with two home runs and 13 RBI in 48 games.  Working hard behind the scenes with Lakewood hitting coach Greg Legg, Rupp altered his approach at the plate and showed considerable improvements after the All-Star break, batting .318 with two home runs and 31 RBI in 51 games.

Rupp, whose father Kevin pitched in the Montreal organization during his playing days in the 1970′s, displayed increased power in 2012 as a member of the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers. With career highs in doubles (22), home runs (10) and OPS (.770), which was 50 points higher than his mark the previous year, Rupp proved that his production with the stick can keep up with his efforts behind the dish.  For his strong output, Rupp was honored as a Florida State League All-Star last season.  Continue reading Prospect Nation 2013: #23 Catcher Cameron Rupp

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Prospect Nation 2013: #24 RHP Kyle Simon

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, January 19, 2013 12:05 PM Comments: 2

Right-handed pitcher Kyle Simon was acquired last June by the Phillies in the trade that sent Jim Thome to the Baltimore Orioles.  His side-angled delivery, sweet mustache and excellent numbers made him stand out after joining the Phils organization.

The 22-year-old sports a repertoire that features a low-90′s fastball with sinking movement, a split and a plus slider. Simon is as automatic of a ground ball out in key situations as the Phillies have in their developmental ranks.

Simon, who stands 6-foot-5 and is listed at 225 pounds, was moved to the bullpen upon joining the Phillies organization, tallying a 3-0 record with a 1.26 ERA in seven outings for Class A Advanced Clearwater.  Soon after, he was promoted to Double-A Reading, where he went 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in 13 regular season outings.

Overall with the Threshers and R-Phils, Simon held opponents to a .165 batting average against.  Additionally, Simon starred in a playoff outing for Reading in September, retiring all eight batters he faced, to help the club lock down a win against division rival Trenton.
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Prospect Nation 2013: #25 RHP Brody Colvin

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, January 16, 2013 10:30 AM Comments: 0

Righty pitcher Brody Colvin has ridden the biggest of career roller coasters during his time as a pro with the Phillies. From signing his first contract, to an off-season arrest in 2010, to looking like a future ace as he mowed down Class A opposition in his first full professional season, to being demoted from the top spot in that year’s post-season rotation after a mental lapse in the field, to ranking among the Phils’ best prospects, to tallying an 11.02 ERA in seven Double-A outings in 2012, the team’s seventh round draft pick from 2009 has experienced a large amount of highs and lows in a few short years.

Once regarded as one of the Phillies’ Baby Aces, Colvin hasn’t displayed the command, velocity or the dominance that earned him the considerable praise that had many fans and experts so excited just a couple years back.

In his own words, during an exclusive interview last summer, mechanics and panic consumed Colvin as he hit a rough patch during his time with Class A Advanced Clearwater. Following a three-game stretch last May, during which Colvin went 0-2 with a 10.13 ERA, the 6-foot-3-inch 210-pounder was moved to the bullpen in an effort to take a break and clear his mind. From there, Colvin showed the Phils’ brass that he was ready to return to a starting role and proceeded to post a 2.68 ERA and strike out more than a batter per inning over his next eight outings for Clearwater.

In late July, Colvin took a loss, letting up six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings for the Clearwater Threshers, but had impressed the Phillies enough with the string of success just prior to that poor effort, that he was promoted to Double-A Reading. Colvin quickly looked capable of competing in the Eastern League, going 1-0 while allowing five earned runs in 11 innings over his first two starts for Reading. The fair efforts didn’t go on very long, however, as the Louisiana native proceeded to tally a 14.54 ERA the rest of the way and did not appear in the postseason for the R-Phils. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2013: #25 RHP Brody Colvin

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Prospect Nation 2013: The Prelude

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, January 15, 2013 02:05 PM Comments: 4

We’re just under a month until pitchers and catcher are due to report to Clearwater for spring training. That means it’s time to kick off our annual countdown of the top 25 prospects in the Phillies organization. Gradually, in the coming weeks, leading to the kickoff of the 2013 regular season, I will be unveiling player reviews for each of the top developmental talent that you, as Phillies fans, should be familiar with.

Taken into consideration when reviewing these young talents will be age, minor league performance relative to levels played, value to the organization as well as future potential.

These rankings will not include players over 25-years-old or individuals that have spents lengthy and multiple stretches in the big leagues. Thus, players such as Austin Hyatt, Darin Ruf, Justin De Fratus, Phillippe Aumont and Jake Diekman will not appear on this year’s list.

Some very talented youngsters did not make the cut simply because other individuals ranked higher. Included in the group that fell short of making this year’s top 25 list are outfielders Leandro Castro and Jiwan James as well as righty pitchers Colby Shreve, David Buchanan and Gabriel Arias.

Additionally, 2012 draft picks Mitch Gueller and Dylan Cozens weren’t far off the list either and, with their exceptional talents that earned them each a considerable signing bonus from the Phillies, could very well find themselves on this list next year. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2013: The Prelude

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